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Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS): Silver Line Light Rail Project

Charlotte, North Carolina

CATS proposes to add approximately 26 miles of light rail service between the City of Belmont, Uptown Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Levine campus in Matthews. Three Oaks is assisting with the planning and environmental analyses necessary to support the NEPA Study, including traffic analyses, natural systems, water resources, visual resources, public parklands, displacements and relocations technical reports, and evaluation of alternatives.

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Three Oaks Selected for Outstanding Achievement Award in Professional Services

Originally posted October 8, 2019

Three Oaks Engineering received an Outstanding Achievement Award in Professional Services at the Durham Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Honors Lunch this afternoon. The City of Durham’s nomination noted that, “[Three Oaks Engineering’s] performance and sustainability speaks to their continued success and growth over the years and the value proposition they have established within their industry. Three Oaks Engineering continuously interacts in meaningful discussions with City staff in outreach events and other related functions. Their diversity of service offerings from aquatic surveying to public engagement coordination further illustrates their multi-disciplinary appeal. Their expertise has been utilized on multiple projects with the City of Durham throughout the year.”

About MED Week
The mission of MED Week in the City of Durham is to recognize and celebrate the contributions of minority- and women-owned businesses to the economic vibrancy of our community, and promote their continued growth and success. Through a week-long series of education, outreach and recognition events, we proudly support the development of diverse businesses in Durham. 

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Three Oaks Engineering named a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

Originally posted December 20, 2017

Three Oaks Engineering is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Silver Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM (BFBSM)!

Three Oaks joins a cutting-edge group of over 1,100 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“The League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize this latest group of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses for making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud these businesses, including Three Oaks, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program at

Bicycle Friendly Business is a Service Mark of the League of American Bicyclists; used with permission.

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The Catena Group Joins Three Oaks Engineering

Originally posted June 1, 2015

Three Oaks Engineering, a leading Durham, North Carolina-based engineering firm, announced today that environmental services firm The Catena Group has joined the woman-owned company, making Three Oaks one of the largest natural resource consultants in North Carolina.

The move allows Three Oaks clients throughout the Carolinas to call upon Catena’s corps of biologists for a broad range of environmental work, including specialized threatened and endangered species surveys, ecological/habitat evaluations, wetland and stream delineations, and environmental permitting.  

Catena founder and president Michael Wood will become a Principal at Three Oaks and continue to run the firm’s Hillsborough, North Carolina office.  With more than 25 years of public and private sector experience, Wood has developed a reputation for working with clients and regulatory agencies on environmental permitting issues.  His team is renowned for its aquatic work, including hundreds of surveys for federally-protected freshwater mussels.

“It’s an exciting day at Three Oaks, both for our staff and our clients,” said Three Oaks president Suzanne Unger Young.  “Three Oaks and Catena share a strong commitment to sustainability. We have a common vision and shared values that focus on delivering superior client service, while simultaneously recognizing that our employees are our greatest asset.”

Wood, who founded Catena in 2002, added, “We look forward to providing our combined suite of services to clients in both North and South Carolina.  This venture creates an even stronger company that can continue to be relied upon to deliver services of the highest quality for years to come.” 

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